My Thoughts on the autobiography My Name is Why by poet Lemn Sissay.

At the age of 17, after a childhood in an fostered family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.  

Here Sissay recounts his life story. It is a story of neglect and determination. Misfortune and hope. Cruelty and triumph.  

Sissay reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It doesn’t feel right to say I enjoyed reading this book, because this is a non-fiction book on Sissay’s childhood in care and

You know I read non-fiction and when I read stories on children that have grown up in the care system, it’s a broke system. We have broke systems throughout this country.

It’s a read, is what I will say. Read it. Then go read the man’s poetry too.

Want to point out, not readable electronically. There are case notes throughout the book and they are hard to read. Buy the book http://Waterstones or you can listen to it for free with an audible trial.

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My Thoughts on The Little Book of Feminist Saints written by Julia Pierpont and Illustrated by Manjit Thapp.



Title: The Little Book of Feminist Saints

Author: Julia Pierpont
Illustrated by Manjit Thapp

Genre: Non-Fiction






This is an amazing volume to have on your bookshelf for inspirational reference when needed. The book covers the biographies of an array of women, from cooks, and writers, to astronauts, scientists, and politicians. it’s amazing how many of their biographies demonstrate how men tried to oppose these people, to steal their glory, and stop them from achieving great things. Which is part of the inspiration really, people going on to achieve things despite disabilities, and laws, and poverty. The illustrations are wonderful too.


Guest Post. Signs in the Rearview Mirror, by Kelly Smith. @kellys_author @iReadBookTours #signsintherearviewmirror

Book Details:

Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind

Author: Kelly Smith

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages

Genre: Self-help, Relationships

Publisher: Sunny Day Publishing

Release date: April 2018

Tour dates: June 18 to July 7, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 (This book contains real-life violence, but also meant for young people who are old enough to date)

Book Description:

What kind of person ends up in toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head on. Coming-out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear offing alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer help.

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Moving On After a Toxic Relationship

We have all been there. We have all been hurt or we have hurt someone at the end of a relationship. Traditionally guys went to the bar and girl went to ice cream. A few days later change begins to set in and we repair ourselves and life somehow moves on. But after you have been in a toxic relationship for years, you don’t just walk away and move on. You question, you call, you are left confused because they don’t leave you in a traditional way. They leave after they make a mess and expect you to just accept it. They leave for someone else and rarely do they hide it. After months of trying to understand what is going on, you sometimes still can’t move on because you were abused and destroyed. Some can’t see it because it does not feel like abuse. Unless you have blood, broken bones or bruises no one can see the abuse you have endured so you are left looking crazy and that is what the toxic person wants. They want everyone to see how “crazy” you are and that they were right for walking away. If any of this sounds familiar to you, know you can get help. You are not alone nor are you crazy. It will take more time for you to get past this relationship but more importantly, you need to find out why you stayed in a toxic relationship. Once you figure this out, healing will be easier and life will move on again.

Meet the Author:

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for the Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast Let’s Get Wicked Deep.

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We’re all Mad Here. The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety. Claire Eastham.

I know I moan A LOT about my public library, because the selection of books they have is poor. (Don’t even get me started on the poetry section. It’s like they’ve Googled two of the biggest publishers of poetry, thought that will do nobody reads poetry anymore anyway, and just order their stock from them. )

But they did have this book. I have wanted to read this book for a long time, since I have been following Claire’s blog here

It took me all of four hours to read the book, and it did not disappoint. In fact, I feel lots better about my anxiety, and depression. I have been feeling alone for the vast majority of my life, and now I don’t?

I follow blogs like Ida


The Anxiety Warrior

I follow people on Twitter @FoxInTheBox05 @CUnderwoodUK @RealMissAnxiety

And watch YouTubers Katy of @Invisible_i and Connor Ward @ConnorWardTalks

and I feel normal. Which is a strange feeling, and after spending years and years being told I’m fine, that I just have a chip on my shoulder, that I should get on with things. I feel like it’s ok to say I’m ill.